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Happy Wednesday! What’s worse than being mocked? Not knowing you’re being mocked. Read today’s newsletter to learn the latest lingo that younger generations are using to ridicule older folks. Just so you know, “Ok boomer” is very “Ok boomer” — outdated. Meet the 30-year-old Cameroonian blogger taking on rape threats to demand LGBTQ rights, check out why a shrimp company is offering cars to new workers and unravel the mystery of severed feet that keep washing up on Canada’s coast. Read to the end for winners of last week’s caption contest.
Isabelle Lee, Reporter, and Charu Sudan Kasturi, Senior Editor
New York and California have lifted most COVID-19 restrictions with 70% of their populations receiving at least one vaccine shot. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo described the moment as returning to “life as we know it.” On a day when America’s pandemic death toll crossed 600,000, it’s unlikely life will ever be “as we know it” for millions around the world. Nor will sport. Players and officials from Bolivia, Venezuela and Colombia who are participating in the Copa América soccer tournament are the latest to contract the virus. (Sources: NYT, Forbes, CNBC, Reuters)
2. Old Violence in New Israel
Israel’s new government, barely two days old, allowed a provocative right-wing march through the heart of Jerusalem, in which some people chanted “death to Arabs.” Clashes followed, Hamas launched incendiary balloons into the Jewish state and by nighttime, Israeli jets had bombed parts of Gaza in retaliation. (Sources: Times of Israel, Jerusalem Post)
3. Khan She Do It?
We introduced you to her in February. Now President Joe Biden has picked 32-year-old Columbia University economics professor Lina Khan to lead the Federal Trade Commission. Her path-breaking research shows how Big Tech firms hegemonize the market without following the rules of traditional monopolies. Will the rise of this brilliant daughter of Pakistani immigrants bring about the downfall of Amazon and Facebook? Vote here or on Twitter. (Sources: FT, NPR)
4. Crude Blow to Biden
A federal judge in Louisiana has blocked the Joe Biden administration from stopping new oil and gas leases on federal land and water, the first major setback to the president’s ambitious clean energy agenda. (Sources: AP, WSJ)
5. Putin On a Show
Or will it be more than that, when President Biden meets his Russian counterpart, President Vladimir Putin in Geneva today? Their first meeting since Biden entered the White House comes amid rising tensions between the two sides, including over cybersecurity. But as OZY reported last week, it’s an opportunity for Biden to break with his predecessors and lay down a thick red line for Putin. (Sources: OZY, WaPo)
A 500-year-old Incan hanging bridge in Peru collapsed earlier this year because the COVID-19 crisis meant it couldn’t be repaired on time. But the country’s Huinchiri community is now building it back, weaving the new bridge across the river, one knot at a time.
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The first transgender judge in the eastern Indian state of Assam, the 29-year-old is taking on India’s controversial new citizenship law that discriminates against Muslims, and as Baruah points out, sexual minorities. Those who can’t prove their Indian parentage risk deportation. But many trans Indians have been disowned by their families, making it difficult for them to get that documentation. Read more on OZY.
2. Tiernan Brady
When you’ve grown up passing military checkpoints on your way to a regular day at school, taking on governments and the Catholic Church is no longer daunting. Brady, whose childhood was spent near the border of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland during The Troubles, led the successful referendums on gay marriage in Ireland (2015) and Australia (2017). Since then, he has turned his attention to the Vatican, where he is seeking to promote LGBTQ voices in the Church while leading diversity efforts at a top law firm. Read more on OZY.
Meet music legend Tommy Mottola, the man who aided the rise of other icons: from Hall and Oates to Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen to Billy Joel, Barbara Streisand to Tony Bennett and Michael Jackson to Shakira. Mottola talks about his career, diversity in the industry and his regrets as a father. Watch now.
How to Find Workers
A year ago, massive job losses were the American economy’s biggest problem. Today, there’s a labor shortage. Check out the surprising ways in which companies are trying to lure workers.
If you’re a reopening business and want workers, you’ve got to step on the gas … literally. Florida-based seafood chain Shrimp Basket struggled for months to find employees for this summer. Then it offered a $23,000 car through a raffle to job seekers. Applications spiked.
2. Pay For Tuition
The U.S. arm of Brazil’s JBS, the world’s largest meat packer, which was recently hacked by ransomware, is now paying for the college tuition of its 66,000 employees and one child per worker.
3. Hard Cash
But while benefits are great, many companies are recognizing that what prospective workers really need are better wages. From Walmart to small local companies in Charleston and Charlotte, more and more firms are now offering $15 an hour or higher. The labor market is doing what politics hasn’t been able to do: raise wages.
From a sea murderer with a foot fetish to seemingly suicidal sharks, these mind-boggling mysteries have intrigued scientists and archeologists for years.
Over a 12-year span, 15 feet washed up on the shores of the Salish Sea in Canada. They weren’t in pairs and they were most often wearing sneakers, sparking fears and speculation of a serial killer with a foot fetish on the loose. Now scientists have found a likelier answer: The feet, in all probability, became separated from decomposing bodies in the ocean when crabs and other scavengers gnawed through the ankle joint. Only five of the 15 feet are unidentified with the others linked to suicides or missing persons cases.
2. Pyramid Puzzle
In 2017,scientists discovered a mysterious 100-foot-long void in the Great Pyramid of Giza near Cairo. It’s located above the Grand Gallery, the giant corridor that leads to the burial chamber of Pharaoh Khufu, for whom the pyramid was constructed. Scientists haven’t yet discovered what’s inside. But it’s not the only puzzle posed by the pyramid. Recently, scientists found heat anomalies in the stones near the base, suggesting more hidden chambers.
3. Shark Suicide?
In 2017, as many as 2,000 leopard sharks washed up dead on the beaches of San Francisco Bay. Scientists were stunned. Were sharks killing themselves? Was someone poisoning them? Scientists now believe a single-celled parasite that climbs into a shark’s brain through its nose might be to blame.
The New “Ok Boomer”
You don’t want to be called these terms by someone from a younger generation.
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